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Kakhidze - The Legacy, Vol. 6: Tchaikovsky / Gabunia, Tbilisi Symphony


Release Date: 07/21/2017 
Label:  Cugate Classics   Catalog #: 34  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nodar Gabunia
Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new release is the sequel to the Djansug Kakhidze Legacy. The first five volumes were released in 2015 as a reminiscence of the famous Georgian conductor Djansug Kakhidze on the occasion of his 80th birthday. He belonged to the small but highly prestigious group of Eastern European conductors who set up a cultural counterdraft to the political conflicts in the times of the cold war. He conducted almost every A class symphony orchestra in his hemisphere and became a much-vaunted advocate of late romantic orchestral repertoire. Mvravinsky adored him for his Tchaikovsky interpretations and the Neue Zurcher Zeitung called him respectfully “the Georgian Karahjan.” And indeed, although most comparisons go lame there were some similarities: Read more the economical gestures, the endless working on sound perfection, the passion for big dynamics and a great affection for the Golden Age of classic and romantic music. But unlike Karajan he did not only put most of his emphasis on the sheer beauty of the orchestral sound, but also investigated the disaccords in the music and did not hesitate to unfold it. Together with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, which he founded in 1993 he shaped the character of the music and, if necessary, explored its limits. Volume six is dedicated to his favorite composer Tchaikovsky, whom he accredited as already with the late symphonies with inimitable orchestral verve. In addition there is a reunion with another legendary Georgian musician, pianist Nodar Gabuni, who joins the maestro in a breathtaking reading of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nodar Gabunia (Piano)
Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 

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